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Microeditor 5.3-5.5 Software Changes

Version Release Date
Project Compatibility
V5.5 June 24, 2002
V5.4 July 2, 2001
V5.3 December 22, 2000
V5.0-V5.2c August 20, 1999 & Prior
V2.4-V2.7b May 20, 1997 & Prior

Version 5.5

Released June 24, 2002

Version 5.5 New Features

  1. Runs under Windows 2000 and XP Home or XP Pro - Now your Microsound audio workstation can be upgraded to Microsoft´s Windows 2000 or XP for higher reliability, and compatibility with these newer operating systems.

Version 5.5 Changes

  1. IRQ Usage changed - Version 5.5 requires two interupts, which allows Microeditor to work with interrupt sharing, no longer requiring its own dedicated interrupt.
  2. Microsync is NOT Supported - Version 5.5 does not support the Microsync SMPTE/Video blackburst option card.

Version 5.5 Bug Repairs

  1. Compressor Limiter Buzz - When using the Preview Play button, audio would play for 3 to 8 seconds, then turn into a Buzz sound. This did not happen when you click the Bypass Play button. This has been fixed
  2. Allows Selecting IO Module - In either the Setup/Test Program or the Installation Program you can now again select to install an I/O Module attached to the Krystal DSP Connector and access its inputs and outputs for recording or playing. This problem crept into Version 5.4 on new installations, but not when upgrading from a prior Microeditor version. This has been fixed.

Project Compatibility

Projects created under Microeditor Versions 2.0 to 2.7b are upward compatible with Microeditor Version 5.0 to 5.5. Projects created under Version 5.5 are downward compatible to 5.3 and lower only if the following conditions are met:
  1. Microeditor 5.1 and higher automatically stores the project mix file in the old format (64K buffer limit) if none of the limitations below are exceeded. However, the project will automatically extend beyond this limit whenever required, then storing in a new project format. MicroCD 2.2 and higher will process the new project format, but MicroCD 2.1x and lower will not. The Split Project command can be used to create smaller projects that save under the old format if all criteria are met.
  2. Long filenames are not used (i.e. the 8.3 DOS filename format is followed)
  3. No Combined Segments exist (do not use the Combine Group Segments command)
  4. Projects with 3 digit Group numbers in segments are downward compatible with versions V5.3 to 2.6, but 2.5 only supported 2 digits, and lower versions did not support group numbers at all
  5. The number of segments, zones or flags each does not exceed 2,048 (in V5.1a and higher this can be 32,767 each - the Split Project command can be used to overcome this)
  6. Projects with 24-bit resolution or with 24-bit sound files are NOT downward compatible. However, 16-bit projects are if they do not contain segments from 24-bit sound files.
  7. Any one of the CLIST, PLIST and TLIST in the project mix file (pasted to the Windows clipboard by pressing the F12 function key with the project open) must not have exceeded 65,536 count (the Split Project command can overcome this)

Version 5.4

Version 5.4 New Features

  1. Upgrade MSND32.DLL For Krystal - Microeditor V5.3 and earlier used bus mastering DMA in the msnd32.dll driver for the Krystal DSP Engine. This prevented it from running on newer motherboards using the VIA or Intel 815 chip-sets that control the PCI-bus. There is not expected to be any improvement or loss in performance, just that it will run with new motherboards. The following operations were changed to remove use of bus mastering DMA:

    • SPACEBAR PLAY OPERATION
    • CTRL-A PLAY OPERATION
    • AUDITION PLAY AT 1X SPEED - 2X speed is separate.
    • RECORD OPERATION
    • RECORD WHILE PLAYING OPERATION
    • PLAY CURSOR MOVEMENT - With play, record and record while playing.
    • VU METERS WHILE PLAYING AND RECORDING
    • AUDITION PLAY AT 2X SPEED
    • EQ COMMAND
    • VU METERS WHILE PAUSED
    • RESTORE FROM DAT
  2. Hot Key For DirectX command - X is now the hot key to execute the EFX menu, DirectX command from the keyboard.

Version 5.4 Changes

  1. BACKUP TO DAT COMMAND - This command was removed in V5.4 and higher. Because of reliability issues with DAT tape media, we have advised for years to stop using this command. If you need help choosing a CD Burner or Tape drive for your backups, please contact MTU. We sell CD Burners proven to run with MicroCD and Microeditor.

Version 5.4 Bug Repairs

  1. EQ, Save as Wav, Normalize and MicroCD had a related bug that was tracked down and fixed.
  2. Display Amp Zone Dialog Box - The only way to display the Amp Zone Dialog box is to check the skip zone box also. If you just check The Amp Zone box it does not come on the screen. This is fixed.
  3. Group Move command shows scroll up message - Using the Group Move command would show a message to "scroll up". The problem is that a scroll box was not present. This was fixed. Using the Page Up/Down buttons was an alternative way to overcomes this problem.

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Version 5.3

Version 5.3 New Features

  1. Direct-X Plug-in... Command - This new command is the major addition to V5.3. It allows running up to 8 plug-ins to simultaneously process the input audio stream, live adjusting one plug-in properties dialog box at a time while listening. It requires a multimedia audio card to play during live adjust. The Krystal DSP sound card is tied up processing the segment or project audio stream live on the fly without delay. It provides these features:

    • Process a Selected Segment or the Whole Project - When using a selected segment, its edited audio stream is processed. When using the project, the mix of all the edited segments in the open project are processed.
    • Handle 24-bit Files - Extra coding has been done to process 24-bit files, and error checking was added to detect if 16 or 24 bits were involved.
    • Hide Unwanted Filters - A means was added for you to hide direct-x filters that you don't want to see when you select a direct-x filter.
    • Name Segment dialog - A popup dialog box appears when creating a segment to name it. When processing a selected segment, the default name that appears is the same as the selected segment. When processing the whole project, the first time used the name is blank, but on subsequent created segments the last name entered appears.
    • Mono Segments Panned Stereo - Direct-x can only process the original file stream. Thus, if a mono sample file is used in a segment which is changed to play stereo, direct-x processing will create a mono processed stream again. The selected original segment edits are applied. The only tradeoff made is only one gain change can be used. Thus, the gain setting on channel 1 (or A) is used and the other ignored.
  2. Add Copy Segments From... command - With a project open, this allows opening a second project to see its list of segments. You can select a segment and make a copy of it in the open project. Created segments position in the project at the same starting location as the selected segment when this is used as the input source. Combined segments including all underlying audio layers copy so that Uncombining operates normally.
  3. Modify the Open File Locate Operation - When a project or sample files it uses are moved, when opening the project the sample files must be located, one at a time. V5.3 now searches all paths currently used in the project. Once a file has been located, all others in that same path are automatically be located and don't need to be located.
  4. Maximum Open Audio Files Now 400 - The number of sound or wave files that could be used in a project has been increased from 58 to 400.
  5. New Virtual Device Driver - There are several sound cards now available on the market that can dynamically change interrupts after the computer is running. This upgrade prevents these other card drivers from overwriting Krystal's IRQ.

Version 5.3 Changes

  1. Update Save As... dialog boxes - The Save as SF, Wave, Aiff, Project and Segments as Files command dialog boxes now use the explorer style dialog box.
  2. Limit Sample Files at 2GB - Checks have been added to prevent any sound file, default sound file or wave file create by Microeditor from exceeding 2GB. In the past, static mixing, recording, or effects layers could cause a sample file to exceed 2GB and become unusable. This allows using third-party (not Microsoft's) FAT-32 drive formatting. Thus, a 45GB hard drive can be a single partition (i.e. 45GB) and Microeditor will automatically prevent its files from growing over 2GB.
  3. On-screen Fader controller - The fader control state is now persistent. when Microeditor is closed. When Microeditor opens, the state when closed is used.
  4. Combine Group Segments Hot Key- This is now the C key.
  5. Install Program Creates a Desktop Icon - The Install program now creates a Microeditor Icon on the Windows Desktop.
  6. Max Scan Display Setting - This is now read from the Microsnd.ini file to retain your selection.
  7. VU meters in Edit Segment View - The VU meters now work the same way in Edit Segment View as they do in the Project Waveform View.
  8. Restore the Skip and Amp Zone dialog boxes prior operation - The changes made in V5.2 were removed to restore the prior Zone operations. The location of the dialog boxes are persistent, with each sharing the same location last moved to. The Zone Defaults command is restored, and the Display Defaults command entries for zones remain.

Version 5.3 Bug Fixes

  1. None were documented, but many were fixed.
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